Autodidact: self-taught

May
12
2010

CBT Teaches Objectivity

by V. L. Craven

Last night, as I was transcribing notes from Noonday Demon: An Atlas of Depression by Andrew Solomon I came across this:

[Cognitive Behavioural Therapy] CBT is a form of psychodynamic therapy–base on emotional and mental responses to external events, in the present and in childhood–that is tightly focused on objectives. … [The creator] Beck proposes that one’s thoughts about oneself are frequently destructive, and that by forcing the mind to think in certain ways one can actually change one’s reality–it’s a program that one of his collaborators has called “learned optimism.” He believes depression is the consequence of false logic, and that by correcting negative reasoning one may achieve better mental health. CBT teaches objectivity.

This is very much in line with Stoicism and Existentialism in that it relies not on external factors to change one’s reality, but relies on one’s own mind to alter (and therefore change) one’s reality.

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